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Manhattan Cocktail

Employees Only, New York City

This Manhattan reflects the recipe in America's first cocktail book, 1862's The Bon Vivant's Companion, by Jerry Thomas. It has a higher ratio of sweet vermouth to rye than the modern Manhattan.

  • Servings: Makes 8 Drinks

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Ingredients

  • Ice
  • 11 ounces sweet vermouth
  • 11 ounces rye whiskey
  • 2 1/2 ounces Grand Marnier
  • 16 dashes of Angostura bitters
  • 8 orange or lemon twists

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How to make this recipe

  1. Fill a pitcher two-thirds full with ice. Add the vermouth, rye, Grand Marnier and bitters and stir for 30 seconds to chill. Strain into 8 chilled martini glasses; top each with a twist.
Photo © Frances Janisch Published January 2006

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